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Top 5 Classic Rock Grammy Moments

Classic Rock artists have been a big part of The GRAMMY Awards for years and this year will be no exception.

At this year’s show the Beatles will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are scheduled to perform.   

Get a load of all the Classic Rock legends that are nominated this year:   Paul McCartney, Neil Young With Crazy Horse, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards.

With the awards show coming up on January 26th, we thought we’d take a look back at some of our favorite Classic Rock moments of GRAMMY Awards gone by.  Enjoy!

1. Remembering Joe

A few months after the passing of The Clash drummer Joe Strummer, in a hard rockin’ tribute, Dave Grohl, Tony Kanal, Pete Thomas, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen came together to perform at the 2003 Grammys. It’s good to see the new generation paying tribute to the old, and though they covered “London Calling,” this rockin’ collaboration successfully avoided “the imitation zone.”


2. Elton John And Eminem Make Waves

In the least expected collaborative performance in Grammy history, in 2001, Elton John took the stage with Eminem – who had been accused of homophobia in his music – and performed the rapper’s emotional song, “Stan.” Some fans saw it as a public peace offering between the two artists, while others viewed it as Elton John selling out for the sake of a performance. A friendly hug at the end of the song showed that the artists were willing to forgive and forget and the two have since remained friends.


3. Getting Carried Away

When Bob Dylan took the stage at the 1998 Grammys to perform his hit “Love Sick,” the audience got an eyeful of backup dancer Michael Portnoy ripping off his shirt and devolving into an erratic, twitching mess, with the words “Soy Bomb” scrawled across his chest. The “dancing,” however, was short-lived as Portnoy was immediately escorted off stage by security. Meanwhile, Dylan (ever the professional) continued his set without batting an eye. 


4. The Return Of KISS

While the Grammys aren’t exactly famous for being innovative when it comes to pairing their presenters, one kooky combination woke the audience up and dragged them out of their award show-induced boredom. Rapper Tupac took the stage in 1996 to present and proceeded to “shock the people” by welcoming KISS to the mic alongside him. While The Demon, Star Child, Space Ace and Catman towered comically over their presenting partner in sky-high platforms, the oddball group somehow managed to work. After 15 long years of being off stage, it only took KISS a few moments to once again prove their awesomeness.


5. Taylor Swift And The Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Grammy Performance

In 2010, what could have been an impressive duet between two vastly different female vocalists turned into an odd spectacle that should never be repeated. While classic rock powerhouse Stevie Nicks belted out the Fleetwood Mac hit “Rhiannon,” Taylor Swift couldn’t seem to match her vocals. We all know that Stevie Nicks can still sing her little heart out, but this disaster begs the question: Why not have Nicks performing by herself? Listen up producers, sometimes two isn’t better than one.